Monthly Archives: October 2009

Secretary Duncan in Live Webcast on STEM Education Friday

Orlando Sentinel blogger/reporter Leslie Postal was kind enough to forward this press release from the U.S. Department of Education. U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN TO PARTICIPATE IN LIVE WEBCAST ON STEM EDUCATION U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will … Continue reading

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Florida Citizens for Science Blogger Blasts Senate Report

It’s not just me.  Brandon Haught over at the Florida Citizens for Science blog is quite unhappy about the Senate Committee report about high school graduation standards as well.  Take a look.

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Florida Senate Report on High School Graduation Requirements in Science Recommends Doing Nothing

The PreK-12 Policy Committee of the Florida Senate has issued a report on the idea of raising high school graduation requirements in science.  Their conclusion:  Don’t do anything for now – it’s too hard.  Wait for all the pieces to … Continue reading

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Access to High School Physics Limited in Socioeconomically Challenged NYC Schools

A study of access to physics courses in the New York City public schools published in this month’s issue of American Journal of Physics has reached some disturbing conclusions.  To begin with, A significant number of students attend schools where … Continue reading

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Florida Section AAPT Schedules Fall and Spring Meetings for 2009-2010

The Florida Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers has scheduled its fall and spring meetings for the 2009-2010 academic year. The fall meeting will be held November 6-7 (Friday evening and Saturday) at Seminole State College in Sanford.  … Continue reading

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Teachers’ Participation in Science Research Improves Student Outcomes

Scientists at Florida State University already knew that teachers involved in scientific research improves teacher performance because of the work of Pat Dixon, who is Director of the Center for Integrating Research and Learning at FSU’s National High Magnetic Field … Continue reading

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One Nobel Laureate is Smarter than a Fifth Grader, At Least

One of last week’s posts made an obscure reference to the Jeff Foxworthy-hosted show “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?”  The reference was inspired by the appearance of Nobel Laureate and UC-Berkeley professor George Smoot on the September 18, … Continue reading

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National Common Core Science Standards Up Next?

The Education Week blog Curriculum Matters is reporting that the development of national “Common Core” standards in science and social studies is up next – after the work to establish such standards in math and English-language arts is complete. The … Continue reading

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Tough Question for Physicists: Are You Smarter Than an 8th Grader?

Are K-12 students learning the math they need to succeed in the mathematical disciplines of engineering, geosciences, physics and (of course) mathematics?  Physicist-parents perform experiments (admittedly unscientific) to explore this question as they help their children learn the math they … Continue reading

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The Achievement Gap in Florida from Fourth Grade to Med School

Here are some pieces of the puzzle of elite-level academic achievement among Florida’s African-Americans, who account for 15% of the state’s population: The 2009 NAEP mathematics assessment shows that only 1% of African-American fourth graders and 1% of African-American eighth … Continue reading

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